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CAR: 33 villager kidnapped by LRA rebels

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33 civil centrafricain has been abducted on Sunday near the city of Obo by the ugandan rebels of Lord Resistance Army (LRA). The abduction happened among 4:00 and 5:00 in the east of Obo’s area, in the tract to Bambouti, a border city near the South Sudan.
The rebels of the LRA have also ransacked the houses and burnt them; scared, many inhabitants of the village runned away in the brushwood.
In the same day in Obo, 15 other inhabitants of the village kidnapped have been released by LRA thanks, according to local sources, to a joined intervention of the Centrafrican army (FACA) and blue helmets of the mission U.N. In CAR Minsuca.

The LRA raids in the Prefecture of Mbomou, southeast of Central African Republic, has been at the basis for a joined operation for six years between the United States and Uganda to hunt down the leader of the LRA insurgents, Kony. Unsuccesfully until March 2017, the operation was abandoned.

CAR: About 40 dead following fightings between ex-Séleka and Anti-balaka

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BANGUI – The armed conflict between group ex-Seleka of the Unité pour la Paix en Centrafrique (UPC) and the groups Anti-Balaka in progress for Tuesday has caused until now the death of about 40 people according to the security sources.
According to different concordant relationships, the case was born from the murder of a young named Patrick by some members of the UPC since he would has been in contact with a leader Antibalaka. Anti-Balaka groups therefore, for revenge, installed a barrier in Tagbara, a village to 72 kilometers from Bambari on the axis Bria (center-north) and killed about ten UPC members.

Therefore the UPC reinforcements from Ippy and Maloum have massacred the civilians in many villages between Tagbara and Gotchele, 35 km from Bambari.

Anatole Ndémagouda-Gbagot, a congressman of Bambari, claimed “The whole population is in brushwoods without humanitarian assistance. Peacekeepers (Minusca) of Tagbara have protected only the mayor of the city”.

Gabon announces its retreat from the mission of the UN in CAR

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BANGUI – Gabon has announced, on Thursday 8 March, his intention to withdraw his 450 soldiers from the mission of the United Nations in Central African Republic, Minusca, according to what brought by a relationship of the Council of ministers. Gabon, that has 444 soldiers unfolded in the Minusca, has participated in the strengths U.N. in CAR since 2014.

The soldiers of Gabon in CAR has been quoted in cases of accusations of sexual abuses. At the end of 2016, the gabonese government has announced the opening of investigations after the identification from the United Nations of fifteen soldiers suspected to have committed sexual violences in 2014 and in the 2015.
On Monday, the president of central Africa, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, has come to Libreville to discuss of the “bilateral cooperation” among the two countries.

“The United Nations respect the choice of the government of the Gabon; we have held some discussions on the withdrawal within a reasonable term” answered to AFP Herve Verhoosel manager of the communication of the mission of the United Nations in Bangui. Verhoosel has remembered that the appointment of States members in an operation of maintenance of the peace it is “a voluntary exercise” and that the contribution of the Gabon has been “very appreciated.”

UPC and FPRC responsible for the death of 17 civilians in a hospital of Ippy

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The mission of the United Nations in the Central African Republic (Minusca) has exposed, on Monday 5th of February, the report about the death, happened in December 2017, of 17 civilians in the attack to a hospital in Ippy, a city situated 113 km from Bambari, in the prefecture of Ouaka. The killings are attributed to the armed groups Unity of peace of CAR (UPC) Africa and Patriotic Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC). “The militiants of UPC and FPRC have surrounded the hospital the 12th of December and they have indiscriminately opened the fire on the civil personnel and on the patients of the hospital, killing 12 men, a woman, three children and a child”.

Central African Republic requests DRC to extradite antibalaka leader

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The Central African Republic made to Democratic Republic of the Congo (RDC) an extradition request towards “Romaric”, one of the leaders of the groups anti-Balaka of the city of Bangassou in the south-oriental CAR (the anti-Balaka’s groups compete with the armed rival Fulani or pro-muslim). Romaric is runned away from CAR since december 2017 and gone to the close Democratic Republic of the Congo, and then here he was arrested. “They were arrested by the Congolese army in Buta, in the province of border of Bas-Uele, in the North of the Democratic Republic of the Congo” told on Friday to AFP Florence Marchal, spokesman of the mission UN in DRC, Monusco. The leader anti-balaka was considered in prison for war crimes, murder and criminal plot.

Human Rights Watch denounces use of sex slaves in conflict

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Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report named “They Said We Are Their Slaves”, Sexual Violence by Armed Groups in the Central African Republic, documents 305 cases of rape and sexual slavery carried out against 296 women and girls by members of armed groups. These groups are the Muslim Seleka and the Christian and animist militia Anti-balaka. It seems that they have used sexual violence as revenge for perceived support of those on the other side. The two main camps (Muslim Seleka militia and Christian anti-Balaka militias) used sexual violence.

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